BBL11 schedule revealed with Junction Oval to make debut
Cricket Australia has released the fixture for the coming Big Bash League season, with the boutique home of Cricket Victoria to host a game for the first time.
The 11th season of the BBL will run from December 5 until January 28, meaning it will finish inside the school holidays for the first time in five years. It’ll feature 56 regular-season games as it did last season, but this season will see it packed into 46 days, with several double-headers and a final day triple-header. Five finals matches will follow.
14 stadiums around Australia will be used for the 2021/22 BBL season, including for the first time, Junction Oval. The St Kilda ground, commercially known as the CitiPower Centre, completed a $40 million redevelopment in 2019, providing Melbourne with a year-round ICC-compliant first-class cricket ground.
The historic ground hosted matches during the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup last year and while it has hosted various state competitions, the Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers match on January 2 will be the first BBL fixture at the venue, which is sure to stretch its 7000 capacity.
A look at the betting odds shows the Stars third-favourite at $6 to win the Twenty20 competition, with the defending champions Sydney Sixers the early favourites at $4, followed by last year’s runners-up Perth Scorchers at $5. Fans can claim a 1xbet promo code India to take advantage of the early betting market which always attracts plenty of attention from around the world.
BBL action will return to Geelong and Coffs Harbour after missing out last season, with two games scheduled at both GMHBA Stadium and C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
Seven matches will be played at both the Adelaide Oval and Perth’s Optus Stadium, while the MCG will host six matches. The Gabba, SCG, Sydney Showgrounds and Blundstone Arena will each host five games.
After Manuka Oval saw increased matches last season due to relocated matches as a result of Covid, it’ll return to hosting three matches this coming summer, while two games will be played at both Metricon Stadium and UTAS Stadium.
The schedule returns to a full home-and-away structure, while games will take place on every day of the Ashes series, apart from the opening three days of the Adelaide Test which will be played as a day/night game. There will be eight ‘mega days’ with Australia v England Test Cricket during the day, followed by a BBL double-header.
The season will get underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 5, with the Sydney Sixers hosting the Melbourne Stars, and a total of 19 matches will be played between the season opener and Christmas.
All 61 matches will be streamed live on Kayo Sports, and you can sign up here to instantly live stream the action, with a 14-day free trial for new customers. Channel 7 will broadcast 45 matches on its network.
Meanwhile, the fixture for the seventh season of the WBBL was also released recently, with the competition to return to a festival-based format.
The women’s T20 competition will begin with a clash between the Sixers and Stars under lights at North Sydney Oval on October 14 and culminate in a primetime final on November 27.
Matches will be played in all six states, after all games last season were played in a Sydney-based bio-secure hub due to Covid-19 border closures. North Sydney Oval will host all eight teams on the opening weekend.
The competition will then move around the country across the next five weeks to venues including the WACA Ground, Metricon Stadium, Junction Oval, Karen Rolton Oval (Adelaide), Lilac Hill (Perth), Blundstone Arena, UTAS Stadium (Launceston), Blacktown International Sportspark, Centennial Park Oval (Nuriootpa) and Great Barrier Reef Arena (Mackay).
Metricon Stadium will host WBBL matches for the first time and will serve as a home base for the Brisbane Heat, given their usual home at Allan Border Field will be under redevelopment. View the WBBL fixture.
It promises to be a bumper summer of cricket in Australia, highlighted by the Ashes Series which will see five Test Matches played around the country. The First Test returns to the Gabba, starting on December 8, while Sydney won’t host the final match of the series for the first time in years, with Optus Stadium to instead host the Fifth Test. Adelaide hosts the second match, with the Boxing Day Test at the MCG the third of the series.
Prior to the Australia v England Test Match Series, the Aussies will host Afghanistan in a one-off Test at Blundstone Arena. There are also white-ball matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, while the Australian women will play 14 games, including two Test Matches.
You can view all upcoming cricket matches here and filter by location, while Austadiums will also have results and attendance figures for every game.